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Roche a Perdrix

Summit Elevation (m): 2134
Elevation Gain (m): 1110
Trip Time (hr): 4 
Total Trip Distance (km): 6
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 3 – you fall, you sprain or break something
Difficulty Notes: Moderate scrambling with loose terrain and some route finding.
Technical Rating: SC6; YDS (3rd)
Map: Google Maps


On June 19th Wietse and I drove up to Jasper National Park to camp for the weekend and bag a number of local peaks. We were slightly disappointed by the campsite that we were assigned in the Whistlers campground because it seemed very open and public (no trees offered any sort of privacy) but we quickly got over it and settled in for the night. June 20th was the day we planned to summit Roche a Perdrix and if time permitted we would attempt Indian Ridge too. If nothing else, apparently this peak is the highest point in the Fiddle Range. Hmmm.

Roche a Perdrix Route Map

There was some high cloud but nothing serious as we drove out of Jasper and found the trail head for Roche a Perdrix. Well, actually we turned off at exactly 800 meters from the Jasper park gates and ended up about 100 meter too close to the park on a different trail head than Kane mentions! We realized our mistake quickly enough and found the proper start of the trail no problem.

Wietse starts the cliff traverse with Bedson Ridge in the background.

The trail was obvious enough as it wound it’s way up the west side of the north ridge. As we got higher, I noticed an obvious rock cairn built next to some pretty thick trees (some had fallen over quite recently). I headed over to the cairn and peered into the trees but there was nothing there so we continued up the ridge. Pretty soon I was suspicious that we were too high up, above the cliffs that we should have been traversing underneath. I was right. We had to lose about 75 meters of height gain where we found the trail again and traversed under the cliffs. This was a cool little hike. The hike soon changed back to scree bashing as we continued to gain height.

The last 200 vertical meters is moderate scrambling with loose rock on slabs. The summit views were great in all directions and we made it back to the car with plenty of time to try to bag another peak.

Fiddle, Ashlar, Utopia, O’Hagan, Capitol, Miette, Bosche Range and Bedson Ridge (R).
Summit panorama with Bedson Ridge and Moosehorn Creek at left and Fiddle Peak at right.

On the way down we realized that the first part of the forested trail is windblown but the trail definitely starts at that cairn.

Roche a Perdrix
Wietse starts up the steep hiking trail.
Wietse starts up the steep hiking trail.
Gaining open slopes to the first ridge.
Gaining open slopes to the first ridge.
Wietse coming up under the cliff band that we were originally much higher on, before descending and picking up the right trail again.
Wietse coming up under the cliff band that we were originally much higher on, before descending and picking up the right trail again.
The terrain you traverse under is quite impressive. I wished I wore my helmet for this section. Rockfall is a hazard here.
The terrain you traverse under is quite impressive. I wished I wore my helmet for this section. Rockfall is a hazard here.
The trail skirts right under the cliffs.
The trail skirts right under the cliffs.
The trail skirts right under the cliffs.
The trail skirts right under the cliffs.
Wietse catches the early morning views from under the cliffs.
Wietse catches the early morning views from under the cliffs.
Globeflowers.
Globeflowers.
After the first cliff band you get a nice scree slog up a ridge crest. It's not that nice.
After the first cliff band you get a nice scree slog up a ridge crest. It's not that nice.
Once you get to the top of the first long scree bash you get slabs and trees and scree! Stick to climber's left for less exposure.
Once you get to the top of the first long scree bash you get slabs and trees and scree! Stick to climber's left for less exposure.
View of the connecting ridge and mountains to the west from the summit of Roche a Perdrix.
View of the connecting ridge and mountains to the west from the summit of Roche a Perdrix.
Fiddle, Ashlar, Utopia, O'Hagan, Capitol, Miette, Bosche Range and Bedson Ridge (R).
Fiddle, Ashlar, Utopia, O'Hagan, Capitol, Miette, Bosche Range and Bedson Ridge (R).
Wietse on the ridge.
Wietse on the ridge.
Roche Miette.
Roche Miette.
Moosehorn Creek with Bedson Ridge, the Athabasca River and Fiddle Peak (R).
Moosehorn Creek with Bedson Ridge, the Athabasca River and Fiddle Peak (R).
Vern and Wietse on the summit of Roche a Perdrix.
Vern and Wietse on the summit of Roche a Perdrix.
Leaving the summit.
Leaving the summit.
Descending the ridge.
Descending the ridge.
Descending the ridge.
Descending the ridge.
Descending the ridge.
Descending the ridge.
Descending Roche a Perdrix.
Descending Roche a Perdrix.
Descending Roche a Perdrix.
Descending Roche a Perdrix.
Descending Roche a Perdrix.
Descending Roche a Perdrix.
Traversing back under the cliffs.
Traversing back under the cliffs.
Traversing back under the cliffs.
Traversing back under the cliffs.
Traversing back under the cliffs.
Traversing back under the cliffs.
Traversing back under the cliffs.
Traversing back under the cliffs.
Traversing back under the cliffs.
Traversing back under the cliffs.
Traversing back under the cliffs.
Traversing back under the cliffs.
Traversing back under the cliffs.
Traversing back under the cliffs.
Moss Campion (can take up to ten years to first flower after seed!)
Moss Campion (can take up to ten years to first flower after seed!)
Yes. The cairn is obvious. The trail, however, is NOT. It's straight into the trees on the left about 20 feet in.
Yes. The cairn is obvious. The trail, however, is NOT. It's straight into the trees on the left about 20 feet in.
Rock Jasmine.
Rock Jasmine.
Early Blue Violet. The only Rockies violet that's actually violet colored.
Early Blue Violet. The only Rockies violet that's actually violet colored.
Yellow Ladies Slipper.
Yellow Ladies Slipper.
Where you should park your car and start the scramble (on climber's right).
Where you should park your car and start the scramble (on climber's right).

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